Lenovo is back on the scene with five new PC products aimed at desktop computing. They’ve just announced new All-in-One PCs and monitors, but the monitors are a bit special in that they are the first of their kind in that they offer port replicators so you can attach a laptop via USB, , and the Duo version monitor allows users to work split screen so it’s kind of like having two monitors on your desk but only taking up the space of one.
ThinkCentre M90z – A Full-Scale Commercial AIO
The ThinkCentre M90z has beauty and brains, packing the full performance of a traditional desktop into a slick 23-inch display. It comes equipped with choices of the latest Intel Core i5 and i3 processors, DDR3 memory, selection of hard drives or a solid state drive, a DVD player and optional WiFi/Bluetooth. The space-saving, slim AIO can fit just about anywhere in a home or office by using one of the optional ergonomic stands: frame, height adjustable, extended arm or wall mount arm.
Lenovo designers detail the story behind the design of the AIO here.
And here the Center for Severe Weather Research takes the M90z out on the road tornado chasing.
The M90z also takes web conferencing to a higher level with a number of optional features that give it both style and substance:
- Optical touchscreen that can be easily cleaned/Lenovo SimpleTap interface included
- Unique web camera on/off switch for physical control of the camera
- Autobrightness control to intelligently save energy
- Array microphone for clear audio with mute button
- Touch capacitive monitor buttons for elegant convenience
While the M90z saves space and fights clutter on the desk, for IT departments, it includes a full complement of manageability features for large businesses. Lenovo’s ThinkVantage Technologies productivity tools are included, and the M90z supports Intel vPro and Lenovo’s Hardware Password Manager for encrypted hard drives. Additionally, users can easily remove the back to upgrade the AIO.
ThinkStation C20/C20x – A Fit for Finance & Wealth Management
Lenovo designed the ThinkStation C20 and C20x workstations with the ultra-compact, number-crunching performance needed to drive financial markets. With space at a premium at standard traders’ desks, the C20’s small size – it’s 46% smaller than the Dell Precision T5500 and 31% smaller than the HP Z600 – without compromising on performance. Its size allows for more ThinkStation workstations to be installed in a rack or trader desk versus the competition. An analyst can also attach and run up to eight monitors. Lenovo engineered many industry “firsts” to package high performance into such a compact design. New Lenovo-developed technologies include a patented slim, rotatable optical drive and a tri-channel cooling system.
The workstations offer:
- Choices of Intel Xeon 5600 Series processors
- Up to 96GB of DDR3 memory on the C20x with 12 available DIMM slots
- Up to two NVIDIA FX4800 class graphics
- Native SAS support on the C20x
- Certified for compatibility with SBFI Trading and Control Room Furniture
"SBFI believes the smaller size and reduced heat output of the ThinkStation C20 and C20x workstations will provide greater flexibility for users who have high processing requirements and are a great match for our products,” said Andrew Plumbly, International Business Director, SBFI, Ltd. “This will enable users to do more with the space they have.’’
Lenovo L2230x Wide and ThinkVision L2321x Wide Monitors – More Than A Monitor
The Lenovo L2230x Wide and ThinkVision L2321x Wide monitors let users do more with two-in-one capabilities. The L2230x Wide monitor makes connecting from a laptop simple and economical by combining a port replicator and 21.5-inch monitor into one device. For an 11-inch laptop, the monitor provides nearly 200 percent extra display space and an easier way to work.
The monitor connects to peripherals through USB and is the first to allow direct plug in of an Ethernet cable. The L2230x Wide provides a cost effective solution at just $259.99 compared with purchasing a port replicator and monitor separately.
Lenovo engineers developed a creative solution to give business customers the best of both worlds with the ThinkVision L2321x Wide monitor. The “duo” monitor features a dual display function so users can work in split screen mode: For example, with 2:1 mode users can view full screen PowerPoint slides on one part of the display and run other applications on the other. The “duo” inputs both VGA and DisplayPort video and comes with a vertical stand that can be height adjusted.
More Gains in Green – M90z First TCO Certified Edge AIO
All of the new PC products incorporate greener designs. As the first TCO Certified Edge AIO, the ThinkCentre M90z sets a new standard for AIO environmental considerations and ergonomics. All the products are highly energy efficient by meeting Energy Star 5.0 standards. Many of the models are rated EPEAT Gold, and the products also use high amounts of recycled materials with the M90z using the equivalent of 65 plastic bottles. Other green highlights include: The C20 and C20x are the only 80 Plus Bronze Certified compact workstations and both monitors are TCO Certified Edge.
Pricing and Availability1
The ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one desktop is available beginning immediately through business partners and later this month on www.lenovo.com with models starting at approximately $899. The ThinkStation C20 and C20x workstations will be available in mid-June with models of the C20 on the web starting at approximately $1,199. The C20x will be sold through business partners. The Lenovo L2230x Wide and ThinkVision L2321x Wide monitor will be available in mid-July through the web and business partners and are priced at $259.99 and $279.99, respectively.